Art At The Winery event this weekend

Published on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 by Jack Kintner

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Once again it’s time for one of the premier gathering of artists and vendors in northwest Whatcom County as the second annual Art at the Winery art fair takes place this Saturday, August 22.

After some feedback from last year’s crowd of over 2,500, winery owners Ken and Jill Peck will have four food vendors in addition to live music and 60 vendors. “We will also have a golf cart shuttle from the parking lot,” Ken Peck said. The parking is about a half block from the main exhibition area.

Peck said he expects a good crowd. “Last year we printed 2,500 brochures and handed them all out. This year we printed 5,000 and there’s all gone, too.”

The variety of comestibles to refresh you during your visit to Blaine’s premier art exhibition includes vendors selling brats and chips and another barbecued skewers with a variety of meats and vegetables. Fool’s Onion catering from Bellingham will have some of their unique and delicious inventions and a fourth vendor will be selling wine truffles, no less.

The show itself seems more like a regional show due to the wine connoisseurs from as far as Portland, Vancouver Island and Spokane who have learned to appreciate Peck’s product and who show up for special events.

This makes it a premium venue for art vendors and lets the Pecks be more selective about picking artists.
This year 20 spots were reserved for artists new to this venue, “to keep things fresh and change it around a little,” said Peck, adding that there are already several names on a waiting list to exhibit next year.

In addition to the live music, food and art, Peck and his staff will be offering several varieties to sample and purchase as well as giving frequent tours of his winery and cellaring cave.

There is ample handicapped parking as well as the golf cart shuttle from the main parking area.
The show runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Last year several artists were all sold out by noon. The address of the winery is 3575 Haynie Road, Blaine.

To get to the winery from Blaine, drive out Sweet Road and follow it as it turns right and then left, becoming Haynie Road, and watch for the signs on the right.

From I-5 northbound take the Birch Bay-Lynden Road exit 270, turn right at the stop sign and go east about 100 feet to Valley View Road. Turn north (left) and go north 2 miles to Haynie Road. Turn east (right) and the winery is about a half mile on your right.

For more information go to the winery’s website, dakotacreekwinery.com, or call 360/820-4752.